1) Why did you start practicing yoga?
- I started practicing yoga a few years ago, but began practicing more regularly this year to help with anxiety.
- my initial draw to yoga was for exercise; however, now I find myself practicing yoga for not only my body but mind as well.
2)How do you feel regular massage and yoga have changed you or helped you?
- regular yoga and massage has changed and helped me in so many ways. Stephen often says that what we practice and learn on our mats will help us to deal with the chaos of life, and that is exactly what yoga has done for me. I have always been an incredibly anxious person and yoga has helped me to appreciate where I am in my journey on and off the mat. I also feel that yoga has helped me to appreciate and see beauty in all aspects of life, whether it is subtle moments of happiness, the ability to breathe, or finally holding a pose that I've been practicing for a while. Regular massage has helped me to become more aware of where my body holds tension and the importance of releasing that tension. Katherine has taught me that our bodies have holding patterns and that massage helps to recondition our bodies to let go of those holding patterns.
- I have found that a regular yoga practice has been an overall release for me - release of back pain, of stress, and obligations that do not serve me during my practice.
3)Any advice on how to keep a consistent practice?
- my advice on how to keep a consistent yoga practice is to know that not only are you practicing for yourself, but you are also practicing for others. I feel that when you practice yoga, you create more space for love, acceptance, and kindness that is contagious. And I think that when you approach your practice from a stance of helping yourself and others, it makes it even more special.
- try and be as dedicated as you can, and when you realize how much it helps, it will be harder for you to find reasons to miss class.
4) Any advice for new students?
- my advice for new students would be to not compare yourself to anyone else in the room. Everyone has their own path and journey to take while practicing, and it is so important to be kind to yourself and where you are in your practice.
- keep an open mind.